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The Fabulous Four!
That could be the interpretation of this week's Mideast Regional as Kentucky joins Louisville, Illinois and Maryland to provide hoop fans with the toughest regional bracket in the NCAA today.
Maryland and Illinois may just be the hottest teams in the country today but you cannot count out the likes of home-standing Kentucky and Louis ville, two teams which have a lot to prove this weekend.
Of the four, only Louisville appears (on paper) to have crashed the party which is supposedly reserved for the elite of college basketball. But history reminds us that the Cardinals have a knack for performing great magic this time of the year.
Actually, Louisville is just where most experts figured they would be back last October - that is competing for the national title. Practically everyone labled the Cardinals a sure bet for a Top Ten finish, above both Maryland and Illinois.
After all, the Cardinals possess the nation's finest backcourt of guards in Milt Wagner and Lancaster Gordon, not to mention top reserve Jeff Hall who some believe would get all-star mention if he weren't playing behind his two teammates.
Add to that dimension the nation's most underrated center in Charles Jones, the nation's top prep star of the year (Billy Thompson who finished far
ahead of Kenny Walker in the 1982 sweepstakes) and the man (Denny Crum) some perceive as the nation's finest coach, and you'd have to agree that anything less than a real run at the crown would be a major disappointment for Cardinal fans.
The dream first crumbled back in November when Kentucky beat the Cardinals in Rupp Arena by a score of 65-44, but many experts reminded basketball fans it was early in the season and it would be a totally
different story if the two clubs should meet again in March.
Less than a week after UK defeated Louisville, the Cardinals were am bushed again on the road at Purdue
before returning home and bombing what was to be a great Iowa team. Unfortunately, Iowa turned out to be a sad club. Still, UL followers insisted February and March would be kind to the Cards.
But Louisville wasn't through being embarrassed, the next time in Hawaii by some NAIA school which humiliated Ralph Sampson and Virginia a year ago. By then, UL was hit by injuries, including one to star forward Billy Thompson. Even with the injury, the Louisvilles of the world (like North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgetown) is not suppose to lose to NAIA schools. Such an upset at UK would be justification for a coaching change on the spot.
Nevertheless, the Cardinals did rally briefly in February, only to stumble again at the season's end in the Metro tourney. After a very disappointing, but victorious win over Morehead State, the Cards jumped all over highly regarded Tulsa and led by as many as 15 before almost blowing the game at the end.
Now, it's another showdown with Kentucky. Ironically, the shoes are reversed from a year ago. At that time, UK entered the game ranked No. 11 in the country. UL was ranked No. 2. Kentucky shocked the Cardinals by forcing them into overtime before losing by 12.
Had Kentucky correctly implemented a designed play near the end of regulation play, the Wildcats probably would have been in the Final Four instead of the Cards. It would have been one of UK's greatest tourney upsets.
They didn't and Louisville rolled to the Final Four along with Georgia, Houston, and N. C. State. Now, UK
would like to return the favor to Louisville. This time, UK will be the favorite, ranked No. 3 in the nation. Louisville, the underdog, is ranked nowhere near the top ten. But rankings mean nothing as was proven last season when N. C. State won the title.
The game will come down to execution, just like last year. Will Louisville's super guards destroy Dicky Beal, Jim Master, James Blackmon and Roger Harden? Will Charles Jones again come up with the big defensive play? Will Billy Thompson prove he's better than Kenny Walker?
Or will Kentucky's five seniors go out as did the McCray brothers did a year ago. Will the Cards be able to stop the inside game of Melvin Turpin, Sam Bowie and Kenny Walker? Will a healthy Dicky Beal and Jim Master cope with the backcourt pressure of UL.
And will Winston Bennett be able to return home this summer to Louisville?
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Louisville isn't the only Mideast entry licking its chops for another crack at the Wildcats. Lou Henson's Illinois club is itching for another shot at UK after losing a two-point decision on a last second shot by James Blackmon in Champaign on Christmas Eve.
Another reason why Illinois would give anything to meet the Cats again is because it would mean the Illini will have beaten a very good Maryland
team in the Mideast on Thursday night in the first game.
Maryland comes to town as one of, if not, the hottest collegiate teams in America. The Terps got rolling in the Atlantic Coast Conference tourney and defeated Duke in the title game, then exploded against West Virginia in the
Mideast first round at Birmingham last Saturday.
It will also be homecoming for Somerset's Mark Fothergill, a senior reserve on the Maryland club, Fothergill, although not a starter, has enjoyed his moments of glory at Maryland and can be expected to see plenty of action this week.
For many Maryland officials, it will also give them an opportunity to have a reunion with UK football boss Jerry Claiborne and many of his staffers who coached so long at the ACC school before coming to UK two years ago.
Assistant athletics director Jack Zane, who does a great job promoting Maryland athletics, says he hopes to spend some time with his old buddies during his stay in Lexington. "They're a real fine bunch," said Zane during the Mideast tourney in Birmingham, "as I've said before, Jerry will get the Kentucky program on the right track." A post season bowl (Hall of Fame) in his second year made Zane look very good on his prediction of two years ago.
With the NCAA Final Four nearing, here's a guess at who the lucky teams will be in Seattle later this month.
From the East, it will be North Carolina. The final four clubs in that region is a joke with Dean Smith having to meet a baby-faced Indiana club, then toy with the winner of Syracuse and Virginia. Dean, ole buddy, you got some friends in high places!
In the Mideast, you have to like Kentucky's chances. With Louisville first on the agenda, there is no fear of UK looking ahead. If UK can get by UL in a close encounter, it would be the winner of Illinois and Maryland. This is a first-class toss-up job. There is no
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Not so long ago, they were calling this the "Dream Game." Now it is becoming about as regular as Johnny Carson.
From 1959 to 1982, Kentucky and Louisville never met on the basketball court. When they finally met last March, it was a tribute to both that the game lived up to the hype.
Now, thanks to the NCAA committee and the powers-that-be in the Commonwealth, they will do battle for the third time in less than a year. Even the Hatfields and McCoys took a break now and then.
The national hype has all but died now, as many predicted it would after a game or two. Even CBS was treating this one as just another important tournament game.
Both teams seem to be on top of their games. With the exception of the final minutes against seeded Tulsa, the Cards are showing their usual tournament form. Meanwhile, the Cats have won 11 of their last 12.
If this matchup is anything like the one last year in Knoxville, it may be the* best game of what has already been a marvelous tournament.
POINT: Kentucky may be better off playing Louisville than Tulsa. Not that Tulsa was the better of the teams, because this far into the tournament
they are not.
Yet, if there is any disadvantage to Kentucky being at home, it is that the Cats could think being in Rupp Arena was an automatic ride to Seattle. Past UK tourney appearances in Rupp have almost proved as much. Playing Louisville should guarantee Kentucky will be ready.
For the second straight time, UK meets a team in NCAA play it defeated rather easily in regular season play. BYU may have been pysched out by a 35-point UK December win. For a very resilient Louisville team, that won't be the case. Kentucky players know that. That should get them emotionally and mentally ready. That is all a coach can ask for. ANALYSIS: Louisville's backcourt tandem of Milt Wagner and Lancaster Gordon is probably the nation's best. I said the same even after the pair went just nine of 30 against UK in November. That won't happen again and they are still America's best. Add firepower from Jeff Hall off the bench and statistic-wise, Louisville has a definite edge.
That is not to slight UK's guard play. Dicky Beal is as pure a point guard as there is left in the NCAA. Jim Master, brilliant against Louisville last March, is playing his best ball of the year. James Blackmon is playing steady off the bench.
At forward, the stats lean to UK. Kenny Walker and Sam Bowie can score and rebound. Louisville's Manuel Forrest and Billy Thompson can do the same, but have not been as consistent. Both have good freshmen off the bench (UK's Winston Bennett,
TWO FOR THE BLUE...Kentucky's Melvin Turpin rolls one toward the basket against Louisville last season in Knoxville. The teams meet once again in the NCAA tournament this year - this time in Lexington.
U of L's Chuck McSwain).
In the middle, Louisville has tournament-proved Charles Jones, the backbone of this team. Kentucky has Melvin Turpin, the scoring machine. Here lies a contrast of styles. Jones boards and defenses better, Turpin is by far the better scorer.
One other point. UK must beat Louisville's press. It killed the Cats last year, it has been a blister at times for them this year. Beal's revival is a key but remember it was Roger Harden who orchestrated UK's earlier win.
PREDICTION: On paper, Louisville has the backcourt edge, UK the frontcourt advantage. Yet, the Cards may be the better rebounding team, partially because their guards are very good boardmen.
Nonetheless, whichever team gets better production where it is not expected could win. If UK's backcourt scores well and Louisville's does not shoot well, UK could win. If Louisville's forwards outplay UK's, the Cards could win. Jones will be steady in the middle but if Turpin happens to have one of those sensational offensive games he occasionally does, the edge goes to Kentucky.
A key could be the foul situation. Bowie in particular has been foul-prone for UK. The Cats can't afford that now. Ditto for Louisville, a team without consistent frontcourt depth.
Last week, I picked the Cats to be in Seattle. I'll stick with that. Whoever wins this game better watch out for a letdown afterwards. The winner will have one more tough one to make it to the finals.
The Southeastern Conference can do little but plead embarrassment now. LSU lost to Dayton, Alabama lost to Illinois State, and Auburn lost to Richmond.
Certainly, all three of those victors proved better than many thought. That is no excuse. The SEC claims to be among, if not, the nation's best. Such claims were wiped out last week.
Joe Hall said he felt the main reason for the SEC's demise was the SEC tournament. He said the only team that comes out of the tournament playing well is the winner, pointing out Georgia's NCAA run a year ago.
For the SEC tourney losers, Hall said, "it seems like the end of the season, rather than the beginning of an important tournament. It (SEC tourney) is not conducive to good play in the NCAA, unless you are the winner."
Hall's point is valid but there is more to it than that. Other teams don't win their conference tournaments, then do well in the NCAA.
You would have trouble convincing me SEC basketball is not of quality. UK has faced many of the nation's best teams all year and will attest to the caliber of the league. UK is still unbeaten outside the league, yet had four losses inside the SEC.
Perhaps some of the SEC teams should quit playing creampuff non-conference schedules. Kentucky seems to be the one national power they don't seem to tighten up or let up against. They have played the Cats enough to know they are not supermen.
If SEC teams plan to contend for national honors, they better realize there is more to it than beating Kentucky during the regular season.
Some thoughts about the Kentucky high school state tournament.
Ever since the event was moved to Lexington, it has been high school basketball at its best. Each year, one wonders how it can live up to the excitement of the previous year.
It happened again. Even 50-year observers of the tourney said the '84 affair was the best ever. Teams such as Bourbon County and its miraculous Jeff Royce made this truly a spectacular event.
After watching the SEC tournament, I thought I had seen the best tournament I had ever witnessed. The Sweet Sixteen matched that game for game, except there were more games.
Next year's tourney will also be in Lexington. After that, bids will be taken. Moving the event back to Louisville may not happen in the near future.
Over $400,00 of pre-sales previewed the '84 event. Freedom Hall can't even hold the numbers at most sessions this year.
A SIGN OF RELIEF: The Cats had two days off before opening practice for last week's game. Hall felt it was good for the players to get away from basketball at this time of year and the layoff also healed soreness. Joe B. said he also "like them to want to come back hungry to practice" ... The UK coach said the mental frame of a team is most important this time of year. He wants a team to have a "combination of rest and conditioning, which is difficult to achieve but very important The mental aspect is most important. Coming in the tournament like N.C. State, having high emotions and maintaining that, is sometimes more important than skill, talent and effort. It's being in the right frame of mind that begets success. That is what we are looking for." While the UK coach says you certainly can't call Kentucky a Cinderella-type team, as was N.C. State last year, "that doesn't mean we can't adopt that excitement and feeling of success, whether it is newfound success or renewed success and excitement." ... Going into this year's tourney, Joe B. said he liked "our look now. We are in a good frame of mind. We are in good shape, especially mentally. This is the brightest we've looked this time of year in several years." . . .The reason? Winning the SEC tournament helped but Hall points out more. "A lot of it can be attributed to Dicky Beal and his attitude. Because he missed so much [Continued On Page 27] "7e &xU' 'Pout*
Cats Blast Brigham Young
Player FG FT TPS A MIN
Devin Durrani 11- 9 6-8 3 28 3 3 38
Brett Appiegate 1- 8 4-4 10 3 6 1 3 29
Jim Usevi ten k- 6 2-2 7 2 10 0 4 26
Scott Si nek 2- 6 0-0 l> 4 4 2 4 23 -
Chris Nikchevi ch 1- 5 0-0 0 4 2 2 2 15
Marty Perry 1 - 1 0-1 1 t 2 2 1 17
Brian Taylor 0- 1 1-2 0 2 1 5 3 17
Richie Webb 2- 3 0-0 0 0 k 0 0 5
Paul Oreckset 1- 2 0-0 0 1 2 1 - 0 2
Alan Astle 0- 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Michael Smith 3- 4 1-1 2 I 7 2 0 10
Kevin Nielsen 0- 1 0-0 ' 1 0 0 0 1 5
Carl Pollard 1- 4 0-0 3 3 2 0 1 11
TOTALS 27-60 14-18 34 25 88 18 200
PLAYER FG FT REB PF TPS A min
Sam Bowie 6- 8 1,-4 6 4 16 0 s 20
Kenny Walker 6-12 7-8 8 4 19 3 1 34
Me 1v i n TurpIn 6-15 3-4 5 3 15 0 1 26
Dicky Beal k- 8 0-0 2 1 8 It 3 33 28
Jim Master 6-11 1-2 4 1 13 1 1
James Blackmon 2- 2 0-1 0 2 4 0 1 9
Leroy Byrd 0- 1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Paul Andrews 0- 0 1-2 2 0 1 0 0 2
Roger Harden 1- 1 0-0 3 0 2 1 0 7
Brett Bearup 1- 2 2-2 2 2 It 1 0 13
Winston Bennett 3- 6 5-7 6 1 11 0 1 24
Tom Hei tz 0- 0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Troy McKinley 0- 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 35-67 23-30 38 20 93 20 13 200
BRIGHAM YOUNG 29 39 68
KENTUCKY I>2 51 - 93
TECHNICAL FOULS BYU E ench
OFFICIALS: Dick Paparc , J im McDan el. Dan f iks ich
Inside The Paint
Perhaps there's no more telling statistic in basketball than the number of field goal attempts taken outside the "paint". In other words, which team is forced to take the most low percentage shots outside the free throw lane.
That statistic quickly told the story of Brigham Young's attempt to upset third-ranked Kentucky Saturday in the Mideast Regional first round at Birmingham, Alabama.
When all the dust had cleared, BYU
had been forced to fire up 25 missies outside the paint to only 17 for Kentucky. While BYU connected on 9 of the 25, Kentucky made good on 8 of 17. Still, the timing of the shots was even more important.
In the first half when UK held command of a 42-29 score, BYU fired up only seven to UK's twelve. But when BYU tried to play catch-up, the Cougars were forced to fling up 18 attempts from the outside. Meanwhile, UK was patient and confident of its inside game and put up only five from the outside in the final twenty minutes.
With that in mind, it was no surprise that UK won going away, 93-68 and now advances to a 9:30 p.m. showdown with Louisville on Thursday evening at Rupp Arena.
Once again, UK breezed with a balanced scoring attack, a familiar companion when the Wildcats are playing their best basketball.
In the first half, Sam Bowie V rim-rattling dunks and Jim Master's sharp outside shooting spurted the Cats out to a 27-14 lead as senior guard Dicky Beal dished out a whopping eight assists in the first twenty minutes.
By halftime, UK had built up a 42-29 lead, a lead which was never in jeopardy the final twenty minutes.
Although both Bowie and Melvin Turpin spent ten and eight minutes respectively on the pine with three
THAT KIND OF DAY...BYU's Devin Durrant goes to the floor as UK's Dicky Beal puts on the pressure. Beal was named the MVP for the game by CBS.
personal fouls each in the first half, their loss was never felt as super frosh Winston Bennett filled in with a solid performance.
Walker Breaks Loose
In the second half, sophomore Kenny Walker and Bennett went to war and those two cooled any Cougar hopes of a comeback attempt. Walker hit on four of six attempts with soft jumpers inside the paint and canned four of four from the free throw line as he finished the night with 19 points and eight rebounds, tops for UK in both departments.
Bennett came on strong to finish in double figures with 11 and had six rebounds to show for his inside game. Behind Walker in scoring were Bowie with 16, Melvin Turpin with 15 and Jim Master with 13.
Kentucky once again applied pressure defense, the man-to-man variety and then some zone to hold the Cougars below the forty percent mark in field goals for the first half and under the fifty percent mark in the final twenty minutes.
The Cats hit on 35 of 67 for 52.2 percent from the field while BYU was limited to 45.5 percent on 27 of 60, a defensive trademark which UK has become famous for this season.
After being outrebounded 21-17 in the first half, UK bounced back to take game honors at 38-34.
BYU's silky-smooth All-American Devin Durrant said there wasn't much his club could do to stop the Wildcat Express, but he did think the Cougars showed improvement over the first meeting back in Lexington when UK won by 35.
"We didn't think we could even be on the floor with them then," recalled Durrant, "after that game we knew we could play with them because we did for a half. Sure, we still got beat by 25, but it wasn't 35. They weren't a whole lot different today, except for that dude (Winston) Bennett is tough. He did the best job that's been done on me this year. He really denied me the ball. He's going to be a good one."
And just how good is Kentucky, Devin?
Durrant answered, "well, Rupp Arena wasn't intimidating to me because we play before 22,000 fans all the time, but to someone who is used to playing before only 8,000 to 10,000, well, it could affect them. They're (UK) a sure bet to be in the Final Four. They've got as good a shot at the title as anyone. When you get that far, anyone can get hot. All you need to do then is to win two games. I'm rooting for them (UK) all the way. They're a class team. Of course, I'm from Kentucky and so it means 3, little more to me. They've got a real good shot if they work at it."
Teammate Brett Appiegate echoed Durrant's comments on UK's chances, saying, "I imagine in Kentucky they will have their crowd and will have their friends refereeing the game. They'll be awfully hard to beat in Lexington."
Beal Likes UK's Chances
Senior guard Dicky Beal believes
UK is at the top of its game, both physically and emotionally right now.
"Winning the SEC tournament was so important," said Beal on the team's charter flight back to Lexington Saturday, "it's so much fun right now. All those long hours, all those times when things weren't going right is now worthwhile. This is what we've all been working for. It's been so exciting the last few weeks, but we've still got to keep working hard. We can't let up."
Still, Beal sees room for improvement, especially a killer instinct.
"Coach has had to get on us some when we got sorta fat," explained Beal, "seems like when we get somebody down by 18 or 20, we don't put them away. I'd really like to put someone away. We still haven't done that."
Veteran Sam Bowie, the ole man of the lot now in his fifth year at UK, sees the light at the end of the tunnel, but he's crossing just one bridge at a time.
When an out-of-town reporter attempted to draw Bowie into a conversation concerning his pro future, Bowie quitely suggested it's neither the time nor place.
Bowie Doesn't Talk Pro
"Right now, we're just worried about the NCAA," said Bowie, "the pros will come later. The NCAA is what we've worked for all year long. We need to keep working hard and if we do, then good things can happen."
Concerning the Wildcats' chances at winning two games at Rupp Arena to advance to the Final Four at Seattle, Bowie commented, "we've not lost at home this season and we just hope to continue that string. Everyone will be out to get us on our home floor, we've just got to work that much harder."
Jim Master, who has found his shooting eye in recent games as well as an up-tempo in his floor game, passed along the praises to his teammate and roomie, Dicky Beal.
"Wow, 14 assists," exclaimed Master, "what a great game. He was just super. We've had a new attitude going into the tourney, but all the teams in the NCAA are good. At Rupp Arena, they'll be out to beat us at home and you have to respect them all. Sure, there will be more pressure on us playing at home, but I'd rather be going to Rupp than anywhere else." 19X4
University of Louisville Roster
12 15 20
25 30 33 40 42 45 52 55
Robbie Valentine F
Lancaster Gordon G
Kent Jones G-F
Joe Druga G
Milt Wagner G
Chris West G
Will Olliges F
James Jeter G
Manuel Forrest F
Charles Jones C
Barry Sumpter C
Jeff Hall G
Danny Mitchell G-F
Mark McSwain F
Billy Thompson F
6-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-5 6-3 6-9 6-2 6-7 6-8 6-11 6-4 6-6 6-7 6-8
200 185 182 180 185 175 205 160 200 215 215 180 185 220 195
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Radcliff, KY Jackson, MS Scooba, MS Richmond, KY Camden. NJ Louisville, KY Louisville, KY Radcliff, KY Louisville, KY Scooba, MS Lovejoy, IL Ashland, KY Eckerty, IN Atlanta. GA Camden. NJ
(Won 25, Lost 19; 16 appearances: Won 6 regional championships and 1980 national championship)
March 20 (First round, Eastern Regional): Kentucky 79, Louisville 68 1959
March 10 (First round, Mideast Regional): Louisville 77. Eastern Kentucky 63 March 13 (Semifinal round, Mideast Regional): Louisville 76, Kentucky 61 March 14 (Final round. Mideast Regional): Louisville 88, Michigan State 81 March 20 (Semifinal round): West Virginia 94, Louisville 79 March 21 (Consolation round): Cincinnati 98. Louisville 85
March 14 (First round, Mideast Regional): Louisville 76, Ohio 70
March 17 (Semifinal round. Mideast Regional): Ohio State 56. Louisville 55
March 18 (Consolation round, Mideast Regional): Louisville 83. Morehead State 61
March 10 (First round, Mideast Regional): Ohio 71, Louisville 69 (OT)
March 17 (Semifinal round. Midwest Regional): SMU 83, Louisville 81 March 18 (Consolation round, Midwest Regional): Kansas 70, Louisville 68
March 15 (Semifinal round, Midwest Regional): Houston 91. Louisville 75 March 16 (Consolation round, Midwest Regional): Louisville 93, Kansas State 63 1972
March 16 (Semifinal round, Midwest Regional): Louisville 88, SW Louisiana 84 March 18 (Championship round. Midwest Regional): Louisville 72. Kansas State 65 March 23 (Semifinal round. NCAA finals): UCLA 96, Louisville 77 March 25 (Consolation round, NCAA finals): North Carolina 105, Louisville 91
March 14 (Semifinal round, Midwest Regional): Oral Roberts 96, Louisville 93 March 16 (Consola